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Register for Interfaith Workshops

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Students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to register for the Interfaith Institute’s online workshops.

Executive Director, Najeeba Syeed, will be leading two free courses this spring:

Interfaith Just Peacemaking
Interfaith Curriculum Building

You can learn more about each course and register on Interfaith at Augsburg’s website.

These workshops are open to the public so feel free to pass along the invitation to friends and colleagues!

Workshop Registration

Apply to be a Christensen Scholar

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Christensen Scholars is one of two Public Leader Scholars programs being offered AY 2023. Christensen Scholars will be taught by Christensen Chair Jeremy Myers, and offers students a unique opportunity to explore topics of vocation, service, and how their Christian faith shapes them as leaders.

Christensen Scholars BENEFITS:
Unique opportunities to explore Christian theology & vocation more deeply as a cohort
Earn upper division credit (4 credits) in religion
Seminar setting that is small and supportive
$2,000 scholarship, $1,500 stipend
Opportunities to develop skills related to theological reflection & vocational discernment

If you will be a sophomore, junior, or senior in 2023-2024 you are eligible to apply.

Application are due: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH

If you have questions about the Christensen Scholars program, email:

Public Leader Scholar Application

Apply to be an Interfaith Scholar

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The Interfaith Scholars program is one of two Public Leader Scholar opportunities being offered AY 2023. Interfaith Scholars will be taught by Interfaith Institute’s Executive Directors Najeeba Syeed, and offers students a unique opportunity to explore how their worldview/faith(s) shapes them as leaders, as well as build their leadership skills to engage across difference.

Interfaith Scholars BENEFITS:
Unique opportunities to explore interfaith study and learn about diverse religious/spiritual/worldview identities as a cohort
Earn upper division credit (4 credits) in religion
Seminar setting that is small and supportive
$2,000 scholarship
Opportunities to formally develop interfaith leadership skills

If you will be a sophomore, junior, or senior in 2023-2024 you are eligible to apply.

Application are due: FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17TH

If you have questions about the Interfaith Scholars program, email:

Public Leader Scholar Application

URGO Academic–Year Research Funds

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URGO now has funding for academic-year research grants for undergraduates who wish to gain research experience with an Augsburg faculty member. Students are paid $1,400 for 80 hours of research. Research must be completed by May 23.

Student-faculty research teams are encouraged to submit proposals immediately. The URGO Advisory Committee will review proposals on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions about undergraduate research opportunities, please contact Dixie Shafer at or

On-Campus Research

The Writing Center Opens January 17

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Welcome back! The Writing Center will be open for the Spring Semester on Tuesday, January 17th.
In the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 4-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

We are here to give you feedback on all of your papers and projects.

For more information, please visit our website.

In addition, if you would like for a tutor or the Director to come to your class to introduce the writing center, please sign up for a class visit here:
We will do our best to accommodate you.

We look forward to seeing you!

How to Make Your Gradebooks Reflect Your Syllabus

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It is important that your syllabus is reflected accurately and completely in your gradebook so students have a clear understanding of expectations and grading. Your eLearning team is here to help you check that the two are synchronized at the onset of the semester. The following are some suggestions for syllabus-gradebook alignment.

1) Create a syllabus with grading in mind. Use the Augsburg University Syllabus Template, which you may download to use as a model. This template includes important university policies.

2) Build your course in Moodle. Below are directions to use the Moodle Course Template. This template is intended to be a time-saver for instructors, but it also ensures consistency in course design to reduce unnecessary stress for students.

3) Refer to the following resource to learn more about recommended gradebook setups:

Heads up – Upcoming Workshops!
+January 18th from 10-12pm, your IT team will be offering a Zoom workshop on how to make your gradebooks reflect your syllabus, extra credit, categories, values, and weights. Please save the date and stay tuned for more!
+January 23rd from 2-3pm, we will host a discussion about ChatGPT, on Zoom.
See the CTL Calendar for more information.

NOTE: this is a *condensed* version of the weekly update we email directly to all faculty

For additional help, contact your LFC or IDT (Instructional Design Technologist).

General Announcements

Important Student Surveys

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Hello all!

I just want to share these surveys with you all in hopes you have a chance to do them. Over the course of winter break. Please and thank you.

Advisory Grades Survey:

Bike Share Program Survey:

Wellness Course Survey:

Library Hours Survey:

Please fill these out when you are able to do so.v

New Staff Positions This Week (5)

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The following Augsburg staff positions were posted within the past 7 days:

01/05/2023: Maintenance Operator
01/05/2023: Campus Locksmith
01/04/2023: Area Coordinator, Residence Life
01/04/2023: Augsburg Youth Theology Institute (AYTI) Coordinator – Temporary
01/04/2023: Accounts Payable Specialist

Search Augsburg Job Postings

Apply for a NASA Space Grant Scholarship

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The NASA Space Grant scholarship program supports the advancement of academically focused undergraduates seeking professional careers in the natural sciences, especially Space Physics & Engineering, Mathematics, and Science/Mathematics Education.

This competitive program awards up to 6 scholarships for Spring 2023 (totaling $8000), in the following areas:
Emerging Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $1000 to encourage students whose course of study shows progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.
Enhanced Scholarship (Sophomore-Senior): Scholarships of $2000 to support students who have shown considerable progress in meeting the criteria of this scholarship program.

Strong candidates for the grant will be students who…
are a sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Computer Science, pre-Engineering, or Mathematics/Science Education;
can demonstrate strong academic performance and leadership within their major area; and
show an interest in contributing to NASA’s mission.

The application deadline is Monday, January 30, at 11:59PM. To learn more about this scholarship and how to apply, visit

If you have any questions, please reach out to Ben Stottrup at

Today: Multicultural Life Scholarships Info Session

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The 2023-2024 Multicultural Life Scholarship Application is now open! The deadline to submit your application is February 5th, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. CST. This Thursday, January 12th, 2023, our department will be hosting one last information session at 1:00 p.m. in the Marshall Room. This will be great opportunity to ask questions about our scholarships and understand what we are looking for in the applications. To learn more about our scholarships, visit our website here:

To stay updated with MLife news, please follow us on our socials:

Staff and Faculty Share Your Experiences From Studying Abroad

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Are you a Staff/Faculty member who has studied abroad or away in the past? We want to hear from you!

The Study Abroad and Study Away office is looking to feature Staff and Faculty study abroad stories on our Instagram page with Throwback Thursday posts. These posts are to encourage Augsburg students to study abroad and away!

Check us out on Instagram: global_auggies

Questions? Email

Fill out the Google Form here!

My Family Needs Help – Please Donate

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Hello Augsburg Community!

I am a student here at Augsburg and my family has fallen on some tough times. They are facing homelessness if they cannot find a place to live in 6 days. Please donate to their GoFundMe if you are able, or please share the link! We are super grateful for anything that anyone can do to help.

Link to their GoFundMe

Looking for a Great Summer Job?

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URGO SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM: All disciplines welcome
The URGO Summer Research Program is an 11-week, on-campus program (May 15th – July 28th) where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. Students receive support throughout the research process from their faculty mentor, a Speaker Series, and weekly seminars with fellow researchers. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $6,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $3,000 stipend and a housing discount.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,500 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

Phase 1 of the applications are due February 9th at 11:59 PM, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research or creative activity is going on in your department!

If you have questions, email

URGO On-Campus Research

Free Trip to Holocaust Museum

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The MINNE Holocaust Fellows program selects college students to participate in a fully-paid, one-day trip to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of the Holocaust. Fellows tour the permanent exhibits and featured exhibits, as well as meet with a museum representative. Awards come through the MINNE Fund of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, who has chosen Augsburg to be one of the select universities to participate in the program.

The 2022 trip will take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023. Applications due February 7, 2023 and can be found at If you would like to learn more about the program or would like advising on the application, please contact the URGO office at

• U.S. Citizen
• Full-time student
• Sophomore or junior planning to graduate no earlier than Spring 2023
• 3.0 GPA or higher
• Proof of COVID vaccinations

MINNE Holocaust Fellows

Participants Needed for Paid Psychology Skill-Building Study (Earn Up to $35)

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This research study (IRB #: 2022-32-03) is designed to compare two different skill-building training programs that may help college students develop adjustment-related skills. You are eligible to participate if you are a current Augsburg undergraduate student.

If you decide to participate, you will be asked to come to our Augsburg Psychology research laboratory for 4 sessions over the course of one month. The sessions include an initial orientation meeting and three sessions focused on one of two skills-building programs (you will be randomly assigned to one of the two–like a flip of a coin). Both programs involve mini-informational videos as well as experiential activities for you to complete. We will also have you complete a few personality measures. You will be assigned a peer coach who will work with you as progress through the study and guide you through the study components. Each of the sessions will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Finally, we will check in one last time 3-months after the study is over for a brief online survey.

Participants will receive up to $35 for their participation. $5 for each of the first three sessions, and $10 for both the fourth session and the 3 month follow-up. Alternatively, Augsburg University Psychology students will receive up to $25 and 4 research credits.

To participate, please complete this participant inquiry form:

The researchers conducting this study are part of the Identity and Well-being Research Lab at Augsburg University ( or 612-656-6560), directed by Dr. Alex Ajayi, Assistant Professor of Psychology (E-mail:, Phone: 612-330-1146). If you have questions or concerns, you may contact us via the emails and phone numbers specified above.

Please consider forwarding this to other individuals who may meet the criteria for participation. Thank you for your consideration!

Event Announcements

Study Abroad Fair – January 18

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Come learn about off-campus study programs available to Auggies, both abroad and in theUSA. Programs range from a few weeks, to a semester, to a year, and there are opportunities that can work for every Auggie.


Wednesday, January 18

10am – 2pm

Christensen Center lobby

Pick up brochures, ask questions, and get inspired!

Attend the Fair to Enter the Prize Drawing for one of three gift cards: Visa, Amazon, or Einstein’s!

Follow us on Instagram to get some sneak peek fair information! @global_auggies

Questions? Email

Learn more about Study Abroad and Away

Keeping Track of Auggies

Emilie Lenz to Join CGEE as Off-Campus Study Program Associate

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Emilie Lenz, currently Sr. Financial Aid counselor at Augsburg University, will join CGEE as the Off-campus study program associate. Emilie has served at the financial aid department liaison to CGEE since she began her work at Augsburg. Starting on January 23 her work in CGEE will focus on advising Augsburg students who are planning semester or affiliate summer programs.

Emilie graduated from Luther College in Decorah Iowa with her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and International Studies, while studying at Luther she studied abroad for a semester in Madrid, Spain. After Luther while deciding what to do with her life, she went back to Spain and taught English to middle schoolers for a few years before coming back to the United States to pursue her master’s degree at Concordia University Saint Paul in Leadership and Management. While obtaining her master’s degree, she worked in the student engagement office with a primary focus on study abroad and advised many students on both short and long-term programs! Emilie believes in helping students discover their best and truest selves while learning about the world in the best way possible, studying abroad and away!

We are so excited to have Emilie join the CGEE team.


Chemistry Lab Notebooks for Sale

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I have two chemistry lab notebooks for sale; both in very good condition. I used them for my labs but have taken those pages out—there is still plenty of paper left (likely enough to get you through Gen Chem 1 and 2 or O Chem 1 and 2). They have the special carbon paper which is useful for using one copy to turn in and saving another copy to study/learn from. $5 for both. Email me for more info.